View Full Version : Do we still need flight engineers?

17th Feb 2002, 21:33
I thought i would start a topic on the need for flight engineers.. .Is anybody of the opinion that disasters such as the swissair crash sr111 could have been avoided if the 2 crew concentrated on flying the md11 while the engineer could have hacked away panels,to locate the fire.. .Pilots are trained to fly aeroplanes,and not know how systems operate,or system integration,ie,a pilot will switch of a hydrualic pump if the light flashes at him,while a flight engineer will switch to the mcdu page to see if the pump is still producing 3000psi,monitor it and perhaps let it run on.